Safeguarding in the Scottish Episcopal Church

The witness of Scripture recognises and affirms God’s love for all members of the human family and the priority given in Jesus’ ministry to children and the vulnerable of society. His ministry was one of welcome for all.

To be free to worship and participate in the life of the Church, people need to feel safe and included. Good safeguarding practice helps to ensure that everyone is welcome in a church community. Good safeguarding practice is part of how we value people, and treat them with respect.

We therefore commit ourselves to take all steps within our power to keep vulnerable people in our Church communities safe from harm and from abuse of trust.

Provincial Safeguarding team contacts:

General Synod Office

Telephone: 0131 225 6357

Head of Safeguarding: John Wyllie

Telephone: 07881 868 387

Assistant Safeguarding Officer: Daphne Audsley

Telephone: 07720 162273

PVG Scheme enquiries


SEC Publications

Safeguarding Policy (2020)

Safeguarding Handbook

Child Protection Training

Protecting Vulnerable Adults

A to Z of PVG

Guidance on Social Media

Summary of Good Practice Cards

Safeguarding Vulnerable Adults

Safeguarding Children

Safer Recruitment


PVG Co-Ordinator

Code of Good Practice for Working with Children



Hard copies of all of the above are available to Vestries free of charge from the General Synod Office.

Guidance Notes

Appointing a PVG Co-Ordinator for your Congregation

Reference Request for a PVG Co-Ordinator

Role of your Diocesan Safeguarding Officer

SEC Policy on the Recruitment of Ex-Offenders

SEC policy on the secure handling, use, storage and retention of Disclosure information

SEC Review Procedure

SEC Appeal Procedure

SEC Appeal Committee Rules

Use of Church Premises 

Guidance on the Pastoral Care for Survivors of Sexual Abuse

Safer Recruitment

Application form template

Job Description Template – Working with Children 

Job Description Template – Working with Vulnerable Adults

Reference Request pro forma – Working with Children

Reference Request pro forma – Working with Vulnerable Adults

Consent Forms

Consent Form for Children’s Activities

Consent Form for use of photographic images (children)

Consent Form for use of photographic images (adults)

Consent Form – Verbal